French Impressed by London
The French Impressionists moved to London in the late 1900s to avoid the Franco-Prussian war which was raging at the time.
Claude Monet once said ‘without the fog London would not be beautiful’
The animated scene above depicts Piccadilly Circus consumed by fog. Animation as a medium was not available to Monet. It’s likely he wouldn’t have shied away from how labour intense the craft can be: he painted the same view of the Houses of Parliament over 100 times. He was fascinated by how light changes the appearance and mood of a place.
Pissarro was the father of impressionism. he died before its heyday
Pissarro had his lodgings on Kew Green. He used to spend hours watching the cricket played from his window, which he loved. It no doubt seemed a peculiar sport to someone who hadn’t seen it before.
if you went to James Tissot’s studio you would be greeted by a bottle of champagne
James Tissot was the wealthiest of the impressionists and the least like an impressionist when it came to the style of his paintings, which were more realistic than those by Pissarro and Monet.